Athletics, divided into track and field events which entails speed, endurance and power of the athlete, offers the widest range of events and the largestnumber of classes amidst all Para sports. Certain rules are tailored to meet the needs of different classes of impairment for the same event.
Classification for Para athletics athletes is categorized for the visually impaired (T11-13; F11-13), intellectually impaired (T20; F20), cerebral palsy (T32-38; F31-38), short stature (T40-41; F40-41), lower-limb impaired (T42-44, T61-64; F42-44, F61-64), upper-limb impaired (T45-47; F45-46) and wheelchair class (T51-54; F51-57). Athletes are classified according to their functional conditions. The prefix F and T denotes field and track events respectively. A lower class number indicates a higher level of impairment.
Competition must be conducted in a standard athletics track. Track events comprise a maximum of three stages (heat, semi-finals and finals) subject to the number of competitors. Athletes with upper /lower limb impairment (T42-T46) and cerebral palsy (T35-T38) can choose to use the starting block or not in a race.
For more details, please visit the website of World Para Athletics: https://www.paralympic.org/athletics.